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African Pied Hornbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve G
Lophoceros fasciatus

Includes: Congo Pied Hornbill, West African Pied Hornbill



  • Mainly black
  • White belly and tail tip
  • Long curved black and yellow bill
  • Medium-sized casque

Sexes are similar, but the female has a smaller casque
Immature birds are duller, have a smaller bill, and no casque.

Photo by xentox
Zwedru. Liberia, April 2006


Equatorial Africa:
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania


Formerly placed in the genus Tockus.

Subspecies semifasciatus may be split as "West African Pied Hornbill", L. semifasciatus, in which case subspecies fasciatus becomes "African Pied Hornbill" or "Congo Pied Hornbill", L. fasciatus (strict sense)


Taxa we include here which Clements recognises [1]:

  • L. f. semifasciatus: "West African Pied Hornbill". Senegambia to just east of Niger River
  • L. f. fasciatus: "Congo Pied Hornbill". Nigeria (east of Niger River) to Angola, Zaire and Uganda


Forests and scrub.



The nest is in a tree hole and 4 white eggs are laid. During incubation, the entrance is blocked leaving a small gap to enable the male to pass food through to the female and chicks. Eventually the female breaks out and rebuilds the wall. Both adults then feed the chicks.


The diet includes fruit and insects.


The call is a whistling pii-pii-pii-pii-.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Avibase

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